The intensified enforcement effort directed toward drunk drivers underscores the severity of the problem, both locally and nationally.
The intensified enforcement effort directed toward drunk drivers underscores the severity of the problem, both locally and nationally. During the calendar year 2014 the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTA) recorded 9,967 deaths in motor vehicle crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Arkansas recorded 135 deaths as a result of alcohol-related crashes during the same reporting period.
“It’s time for all drivers to get the message,” said Cpl. Joseph Paull. “Drunk driving is a choice you make, and when you make that choice, people could get hurt or die. That’s why we’re joining with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to share the message: ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’.”
As part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign period, police will be increasing the number of patrols, setting up roadblocks and using local media to reach out to all drivers. If you’re drinking and driving, the Arkadelphia police will stop you. If you’re caught drinking and driving you could face jail time, fines, loss of driver’s license, towing fees, and other DWI expenses, totaling in excess of $5,500. That’s to a small price, and that doesn’t even count the heftier price you could pay: the price of your life or someone else’s.
Some people think that if they get pulled over for drunk driving, they can just refuse a breath test to avoid the DWI charge.
“Not true,” said Cpl. Joseph Paull. “In most jurisdictions, refusing a breath test means an automatic arrest and the loss of your driver’s license on the spot.”
The only way to truly avoid a DWI is to drive sober or designate a sober driver ahead of time. Cpl. Paull added that there are other options, such as calling a friend, family member, using public transportation or calling a taxi. The cost of cab fare is nothing compared to a DWI or the cost of someone’s life, and the ‘inconvenience’ of not driving your own car home is nothing compared to the inconvenience of spending the holidays behind bars.
Remember, driving after drinking should never be an option. Drive sober or get pulled over.